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Feb 16, 2013 4:00pm EST
korea's nuclear test this morning. it is not due to a new strategic insight or new technology, it is not because paths and entitlement spending has been explored and exhausted. it is not because sequestration was ever a plan that was intended to be implemented. all this is purely the challenge collateral damage of gridlock. for our troops for the force, the consequences are very real and very personal. i will give you a few examples, i told you that we intend and the president plans to exempt military spending from the sequestration but the troops will feel this in other ways. for example, you reference the cancellation of a carrier deployment. we had to do that because we had to recognize that we're going to run out of operations and funds in the navy later in the year. we made the decision not to deploy the carrier but instead keep it here in the united states so that we would have the capacity to deploy it later, if we needed it. if we deploy it now, we would not have the capacity to have a carrier deployed there in the future. we had to make that decision. all the sailors on that
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